You can now redeem Qantas Points to go to Tahiti


If you’re thinking of a holiday in Tahiti, you now have a new option to get there. Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now use their Qantas Points to fly to Papeete, Tahiti. This arrangement builds on the existing codeshare arrangement that Qantas has in place with Air Tahiti Nui.

Under the new arrangement, members are able to book Classic Flight Rewards from Australia via New Zealand to Papeete, and on the following routes:

  • Auckland to Papeete
  • Papeete to Los Angeles
  • Auckland to Los Angeles

If originating from Australia, you will first fly on Qantas (or other partner airline) to Auckland, before catching a connecting flight to Papeete. Or at least, that’s what should happen. My attempts at booking a flight has various connections through cities including Denpasar and Los Angeles. This would make for a long trip to begin your holiday!

Customers travelling in Business, and Gold, Platinum and Platinum One Frequent Flyer members and Qantas Club members and their guests will have access to the Air Tahiti Business Lounge in Papeete.

Redemption Costs

The points required for a Classic Award on the various routes are shown in the following table. There are carrier surcharges to be paid in cash in addition to the points specified.

Qantas Points required Economy Business
Auckland-Papeete 22,500 50,000
Los Angeles-Papeete 28,000 60,000
Auckland-Los Angeles 40,000 84,000
Sydney-Papeete 28,000 60,000
Melbourne-Papeete 28,000 60,000
Brisbane-Papeete 28,000 60,000

While you have been able to earn points on Air Tahiti services in the past, this is the first time you have been able to redeem for an award flight.

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Mark is the founder of FlyStayPoints, and caught the travel bug early in life. He discovered the benefits of travel loyalty programs in 2001, and is always learning how they can make travel better. While work takes him between Perth and Melbourne, he is always plotting his next adventure.